Overview for Jura Crest Trail: Weissenstein to Couvet
The Jura Crest Trail is the oldest long-distance hike in Switzerland. Signposting on the route – starting at Zurich and ending just before Geneva – began as early as 1905. It is a long-distance hike that leads over the heights of the Swiss Jura Mountains. Our Jura Crest Trail: Weissenstein to Couvet itinerary takes in some of the best sections of the trail, offering endless mountain panoramas and accommodation in nice hotels. The numerous mountain restaurants and métairies are ideal for sampling local specialities.
- Breathtaking mountain landscapes
- The oldest long-distance trail in the Swiss Alps
- Local villages with genuine architecture
- Comfortable accommodation
- Luggage transfers included
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Day 1: Solothurn
Arrive at Solothurn and overnight.
Day 2: Weissenstein – Biel
A short train ride to Oberdorf and then by cable car up to Weissenstein, where you will reach the Jura Crest Trail. The roof of Canton Solothurn offers views across the Jura arc to the Mittell and the snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. You will cross the language border at Montagne de Romont and spend the night near Biel.
Walking for the day: 24 km, 6-7 hours, ↑1415 m ↓700 m
Day 3: Frinvillier – Chasseral/Nods
From the low-lying Schüss Valley, you will reach the crest of the Bernese Jura. An almost constant, yet comfortable climb follows to scale the Chasseral. Enjoy the panoramic view over the Mittelland lakes. From Chasseral transfer down to Nods.
Walking for the day: 17 km, 6 hours, ↑ 1340 m ↓270 m
Day 4: Chasseral – Vue des Alpes
In the morning, a transfer will bring you up to Chasseral where you continue your walk. A varied hike follows between the upper St. Imier Valley and the Val de Ruz Valley with the winter-sports resort, Le Pâquier. The top of the Vue des Alpes pass is not far from the watch-making centre of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Walking for the day: 20 km, 6 hours, ↑760 m ↓1000 m
Day 5: Vue des Alpes – Travers
Enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the high mountains with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks in the background and Lac de Neuchâtel down in the valley, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.
Walking for the day: 20 km, 6 hours, ↑790 m ↓1275 m
Day 6: Couvet – Creux du Van – Couvet
The beginning of this stage is demanding but rewarding: the highlight of the hike is the natural rock amphitheatre of Creux du Van, the Swiss equivalent of the Grand Canyon. From the heights, you can enjoy beautiful views on the sparkling waters of Lake Neuenburg. You continue down to Couvet after your hike.
Walking for the day: 16 km, 5 hours, ↑915 m ↓420 m
Day 7: Departure
Departure or extra nights Couvet.
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Accommodation is in nice 2 and 3-star hotels, in double or twin private en-suite rooms. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. Exact accommodation details are provided upon booking confirmation.
Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel from the ones pictured above is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
All breakfasts are included. Picnics are optional at an additional charge and can be ordered locally. It is also possible to have lunch in inns in the valley Fex, at the pass of Fuorcla Surlej, at Morteratsch or Varusch. For dinner, there are usually numerous alternatives in the villages you are staying at.
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Our recommended airports for this holiday are Zurich or Geneva.
- Parking at the railway station in Solothurn (CHF 10 per day)
- Return by train from Couvet via Neuenburg to Solothurn, duration: approx. 1.5 h
- See the following website for up-to-date train schedules and connections: www.cff.ch/home.html
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included in your package.
- Up-to-date travel advice on Switzerland is available here.
- All the languages used in Switzerland are spoken in this canton, and many people speak English. The Romansh language is still spoken in the villages.
- Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The trip is suitable for average hikers, prepared to walk six hours per day. You will hike on good paths with no special technical challenges. The trails are easy to walk, but they may be slippery on wet days (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available on any date from mid-April till mid-October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots with ankle support
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket / Goretex jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat for sun protection
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
- A sheet or a sleeping bag sheet/liner to use in dormitories
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- Detailed route notes
- Six overnights in private en-suite rooms in 3-star hotels and nice guesthouses
- Six breakfasts
- Luggage transfers on all walking days
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Single room supplement: available at an extra cost
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, a solo traveller supplement is charged
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Cable car, bus and train rides (c. 40 CHF per person)
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme